Apr 20 2016

Ganga- The Soul of India- Show Launch

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IMG_20160419_153653642_HDRI was invited for the launch event that took place on 19th April 2016 at Four Seasons Hotel, Worli, Mumbai.  I can’t tell you how excited I was, more so because I was going to see Dia Mirza in person. I think she’s one of the most beautiful, poised and positive actresses we have in Bollywood.

Freishia 1The event was hosted by the lovely Freishia who I’ve seen at many events before and also on the show Band Baaja Bride. After a short trailer of the show, she introduced to us Mr. Piyush Sharma, CEO (India & APAC) of Living Group, Zee Entertainment, Mr. Amit Nair, the Business head at Living Foodz and Mr. Shrikant Malladi, the head of programming for the Living Foodz channel. They spoke about the concept, the experience and how Dia Mirza was the perfect person to host the show.

Ganga- The Soul of India

IMG_20160419_155841107 IMG_20160419_155926178 IMG_20160419_155948779Once the short speeches were done, it was time to see the beautiful lady herself- Dia Mirza who made a grand entry on stage. She looked absolutely gorgeous in her Ritu Kumar full length dress and Amrapali earrings. She spoke to us in the audience about her new show.

So what is the show about?

It is Dia’s fascinating journey along the Ganges on ‘Ganga- The Soul of India’ which is all set to air on the  Living Foodz channel. From the 1st of May 2016, every Sunday at 12 noon and 7pm, Dia Mirza will give viewers a peek into the fascinating legacy that is shaped by the country’s longest river. The show explores all that the river has to offer, including the people, history, mythology, anthropology, adventure, music and of course the cuisine animated by its revered waters.

Living Foodz people

Unveiling of the book

Unveiling of Ganga- The soul of India

This was followed by an unveiling of the book- Ganga from which she read an excerpt. The core team behind the show along with Dia then sat down to answer all the questions from the media. She spoke about the different kinds of food she got to eat, the adventurous activities and spiritual experiences. There were some controversial questions like what she feels about the polluted Ganga, etc. and she handled them all with so much dignity, not hurting any religious sentiments, rather encouraging the youth and NGOs who are spending so much time and efforts to clean up the Ganga. She also told us how there were 11 cameras following her everywhere but this experience was nothing like acting in a film. This is the real her we will get to see on the show and she feels fortunate to explore India is such a wonderful way. I knew I wouldn’t get the opportunity again so as nervous as I was, I asked Dia a question and before that told her that I think she’s beautiful and if I were to compare her to Ganga I would use the word ‘Pure’. Before people would start getting annoyed ‘cause I was taking up time, I quickly asked her, ‘What were her favourite villages/ towns that she visited?’ At first she said it was the entire journey that was enriching but then mentioned ‘Harsil’ from where she got the most amazing view of the Himalayas and ‘Santhal’ which was so green with so many flowers and such nice people.

The Living Foodz team with Dia Mirza

Mine was the last question followed by a photo session by the media and then some of us were in line to get a picture with her. When she saw me coming, she blew me a flying kiss as a thank you probably ‘cause of what I said? Then when I went up on stage, I told her that I’ve been a big fan of hers since Rehna Hai Terre Dil Mein and I’d really like a picture with her. She was more than happy to pose for a selfie with me. Yayyy! Day was made.

Selfies with Dia Mirza, the beauty.

The event was followed by High Tea consisting of tea/coffee, Aam panna, Chhaas, Pani Puri, tikkis and tikkas, Jalebis and Rabdi, Panna Cotta and Gulab Jamun Crème Brulee on the menu. I was too happy to bother about the food for the first time probably. Yayy yayy yayy!

I can’t wait to watch Ganga- The Soul of India from 1st May. It looks like a show you mustn’t miss.

 

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Oct 5 2015

Brewbot, Andheri (W)- Review

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Pizza and Lemon Cheesecake

Pizza and Lemon Cheesecake

Came here for the second time and it’s been an equally disappointing experience.

Food– The food is bland, the quantity is less and nothing great about the taste overall.
They brew their own beer and we had called for the Mojo Rising 2 ltrs tower which was nice and malty. I had a Cranberry Basil punch which was good.
The fries were so less…smaller than Mc Donald’s regular sized fries. The boys had the Chicken slider which is basically 3 mini burgers that they said were very bad. Karan said that the bread was more flavourful than the pattie. Shame! He would rate that dish -1 on 5. Uuhhh yeah that bad.
The Farmhouse pizza which had a pesto base, topped with bell peppers and pine nuts was so-so. Bland again. We avoided the mushrooms and pumpkin on it. Thank God!
The Onion rings were… wait for it… bland again. Less oily though, which is a good thing.
The Lemon cheesecake was thankfully our last order and luckily tasted good with the right texture and taste. I would have it again if I ever went there.

Ambience– Great place to hang out with a nice vibe, good music and comfortable seating. They have Jenga and Uno to entertain. It’s quite a large place actually with an inside and outside section along with a space on top as well.

Service–  Good service. We would have liked better recommendations for food though.

Prices– We paid Rs. 3549 in total for the 4 of us  including the Beer tower which is not bad but it pinched ‘cause the food was not good at all.

Verdict– Gave it a second chance and was disappointed again. I’m not sure if I’d go there again. Oh well.

Rating– 1.5/5

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Sep 9 2015

Serafina, Fort- Review

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Serafina 1Being a Verified Reviewer on Zomato has its perks and I must say that I’m blessed ‘cause I’ve been trying so many new restaurants and cafes all around the city! When Kaiarsh from Zomato, mailed me about the Serafina #Zomatomeetup, I was super excited! I had read mostly good things about the restaurant and I was finally going to try it myself. *woot woot*

Food– Where do I begin! So there was this special menu just for us at the #Zomatomeetup from which we could order whatever we wanted. Now imagine a bunch of hungry foodies sitting at a table…yeah kinda like vultures waiting to sweep its prey off the ground. Haha! Here’s all the stuff I had.

Fresh Lime Soda (sweet) – Perfect in taste, just needed ice.

Potato & Leek Soup- Have it only if you really must have a soup. I’m not a fan of potato in liquid form.

Potato Involtini (Roasted baby potatoes topped with creamy fondue sauce and caramelized garlic- THE BEST potato starter EVER! You cannot, just cannot skip this beauty of a dish when at Serafina! This dish must win the best starter award if there could be something like that. I swear, it’s that good.

Margherita Pizza- Pretty good. I liked that the crust wasn’t as thin as a naan and in fact was slightly crispy.

Serafina2copyTartufo Nero (Robiola cheese, fontina, truffle cheese, truffle oil, sliced black truffle) – Stinks like rotten milk mixed sweaty shoes and methane gas but tastes so good that it will compel you to forget about the stench. It doesn’t sound appetizing at all but once you eat it, you will love it. You’ve just got to trust me about this.

Melanzane Speziata (San Marzano tomatoes, Mozzarella cheese, spicy eggplant, jalapeños, lettuce, goat cheese and balsamic reduction) – I’m not a fan of eggplant, especially on pizza but this one was quite something. A combination of everything right. Tad spicy but delicious nonetheless.

Penne Alla Vodka (Italian peeled tomato sauce, cream and a little vodka) – This reddish creamy pasta was good. I liked that the pasta was nice and saucy.

Farfalle Al Pesto (Bowtie pasta with homemade pesto) – I would have liked some more pesto in this pasta.

Serafina3Ravioli Al Tartufo Nero (Home style Black Truffle Ravioli and a touch of butter) – Smelly again but taste-wise ace.

Risotto Pepperonata (Creamy saffron Risotto topped with assorted bell peppers sautéed in pomodoro sauce) – Great combination and a happy taste that lingers till you have your next dish. I would say let nothing but dessert be eaten after this dish.

Jalapeno Mac n Cheese- Mac n cheese is my usual preference of pasta because I love white sauce pasta. I have to say though that this one at Serafina was just okay. The jalapenos didn’t do much and it was a little bland for my liking.

TiramisucopyTiramisu- OH MY GOD! Its been more than a week and I still can’t forget my first bite of Serafina’s Tiramisu. Whoever came up with that recipe, is pure genius! I would skip all my meals to have just that. Sogoodsogoodsogood! If you’re thinking of what to give me as a birthday or anniversary present, I would love Serafina’s Tiramisu, thank you.

Chocolate Ganache Mousse Cake- #Yummyinmytummy! This one’s got the right amount of chocolate to make you satisfy all your chocolate cravings, especially during that time of the month, ladies. Gentlemen, you will know what it feels like to have your craving satisfied during that time of the month if you were a lady.

Panna Cotta- This was my least favourite dessert. I didn’t like the texture of the Panna Cotta or the taste.

Ambience– With a mezzanine floor, Serafina at Fort is a very well planned and executed restaurant with adequate amount of space to sit, well done interiors and comfortable furniture. The music will take you back to the 80s and 90s, songs that are hum worthy. There’s a bar if you want to just grab a drink and a wood fire oven open for you to see how well they make pizzas from scratch.

Service– I can’t really comment about the service until the next visit as this was a #Zomatomeetup and we had waiters at our service throughout.

Serafina4copyPrices– I wouldn’t say Serafina is reasonably priced. Yes, it is on the expensive side but the quantity and quality of the food is perfect. The potato and leek soup is priced at Rs. 250. The Potato Involtini is priced at Rs. 375, the pastas are mostly priced at Rs. 600 and up and so are the mains. Now the pizzas are priced from Rs. 475 to Rs. 1250 for a 9” pizza. Yup! The Tartufo Nero is priced at Rs.1250 because of its expensive ingredients. The desserts are priced at Rs. 375 for the Chocolate Ganache Cake and Panna Cotta while the Tiramisu which is full value for money is priced at Rs. 595. A Fresh Lime Soda is priced at Rs. 150. In all, if you share a starter, main course and dessert along with individual mocktails, you would spend roughly 1000-1200 per head which is not bad for the brilliant food and Tiramisu you get here!

Verdict– My review can be summed up in 3 MUST HAVE dishes at Serafina- Potato Involtini, Tartufo Nero (Ignore the smell) pizza and TIRAMISU.

Rating– 4/5

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Aug 3 2015

Noodle Play, Powai- Review

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Noodle PlaycopyWhen I heard about the concept of food according to star signs, I was intrigued more than anything. How does the star sign of a person define their likes/dislikes of a particular dish? That one question was enough to get me excited to try Noodle Play.

Food– I am an Arien and Karan is a Virgo so the gravy and rice was selected by them accordingly. I got Thai Chili Basil Rice to go with a Mixed veggies in Hunan gravy. While the Thai Chili Basil Rice was perfect, every grain separated by a burst of exactly the flavours promised.  Karan got Egg Fried Rice with Chicken in Sopa gravy. He liked the gravy but felt the chicken could have been juicier. As a starter we got Paneer in Black Pepper which was superb! It wasn’t too spicy neither too sweet. Even though we had it cold, it tasted great so I can imagine how delicious it would be when it’s nice and hot. Great concept and so far they were pretty accurate about the food according to starsigns. However, I would love to try their Kung Pao gravy to get a better idea the next time around.

Prices- The prices are competitive with a lot of other Chinese and Thai places that have opened serving custom made noodles or rice in a paper container that surprisingly stays well inside. The starters are priced at Rs. 200, my Veg Thai Chili Basil rice was for Rs. 130, Egg Fried Rice was for Rs. 140, Gravies are for Rs. 150 for Veg, Rs. 200 for gravy with Paneer and Rs. 220 for gravies with chicken. They also have lemonade and Iced Tea priced at Rs. 60 if you’d like some. So a vegetarian would end up spending about Rs.250 if shared between two. Not bad at all!

Verdict– Apart from the star sign concept, which I think is just a gimmick, the food here is really good and I would definitely like to call from there again.

Rating– 3.5/5

 

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Jul 17 2015

Bajrangi Bhaijaan- Movie Review

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Bajrangi Bhaijaan posterI woke up at 7am to watch my Salman Khan in ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’. Excitement was flowing through my system even as I was on my way to PVR Juhu, impatient to watch the 9am show, and before that hoping there wouldn’t be a long queue for tickets. So there I was in my seat, waiting eagerly for my Salman to appear on the big screen. But even before he came, the visuals before me took me in completely, making me forget that I was there, so early in the morning just for him.

Plot in short– ‘Shahida’ (Harshali Malhotra) a mute 6 year old girl from the Kashmiri side of Pakistan named after her mother’s favourite cricket Shahid Afridi gets left behind near the tracks of a train going from India to Pakistan in the wee hours of the night as she gets off trying to save a goat’s kid stuck inside a ditch. Finding another train to get onto, she hopes to go back home to her mother only reaching a village in Haryana where she meets our Bajrangi Bhaijaan (Salman Khan). Pawan or Bajrangi as he calls himself is a worshipper of Lord Hanuman, the monkey God and believes in always telling the truth. He meets Rasika (Kareena Kapoor Khan), his father’s friend’s daughter in Delhi and also stays in their house. They fall in love and want to get married but can only do so if Pawan can make enough money to buy a house.  Shahida who is mute and cannot read or write has no way to tell them where she’s from and so she too starts living with Rasika’s family and Pawan. As time passes by they find out that she’s from Pakistan and the only person who can take her there is Bajrangi Bhaijaan. Will he be able to cross the border and find her family? What are the obstacles that come in their way when he tries to?

The Good– Everything about the movie is good. I am not even exaggerating. Director Kabir Khan and his entire crew have let no stone unturned in making sure that the movie is made in the most honest and sincere way, not thinking of only Salman Khan and his superstar status. Salman Khan’s role is that of a very simple guy and he plays it with perfection. I can easily say that this is Salman’s finest performance and he made us cry this time. The pretty little girl Harshali Malhotra too is excellent as a mute child. She speaks volumes with her hand gestures and eyes alone. Kareena Kapoor Khan is merely a supporting actor here with not much to do but she looks gorgeous and does her usual Kareena stuff. Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s entry scene is superb! The funny Pakistani reporter Chand Nawab’s scene is exactly like the one I had seen on Youtube ages ago and laughed my ass off. He’s one of the best actors we have today and is as natural as natural can get. Also, the screenplay is refreshing and moves steadily throughout. The camera work is brilliant. Beautiful visuals. The music is not the typical Salman Khan type foot tapping sorts that we’ve heard and danced to in the past. The ‘Selfie’ song is quite fun though. People in the theatre went crazy! Technically superb and emotionally perfect.

The Not-so-good– To be honest, I can’t think of anything. Just the fact that Salman Khan didn’t have any work to do apart from go and drop the girl to her mother.

Verdict– This has to be the best Salman Khan movie after Maine Pyar Kiya and Hum Aapke Hain Koun. Pure content with brilliant performances. Left me teary eyed in the end.

Rating– 4.5/5

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Sep 24 2014

Art on Sale: Butterly Clutch

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Designer– Nikki Agarwal

Product Description– A beautiful evening sling clutch with an Indo- western touch of butterflies.  Available in brown and mustard colours.

MRP– Rs. 1000

Roochster’s Sale Price– Rs. 780

Butterflies

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  • For any queries related to the product, artist or cost, please email me roochster.com@gmail.com
  • The sale prices are exclusively for Roochster.com
  • You can only buy what already exists on Roochster.com. No multiple copies/ colours/ sizes of any product are available.
  • If you are an artist and wish to sell your work on Roochster.com, please email me on roochster.com@gmail.com
  • Cash on Delivery for those residing in Mumbai . Extra charges for conveyance.
  • Courier charges extra for those outside Mumbai depending on weight of package and distance (according to courier company charges).
  • Once the payment is done, the product will reach you within 15 working days; earlier if possible.
  • Goods once sold will not be exchanged, replaced or taken back.
  • Trust that the product will be in the best possible condition when received.

 

 

 

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Sep 23 2014

Art on Sale: Owl Sling

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Designer– Nikki Agarwal

Product Description– A suede based sling bag with beautiful multi -coloured owls on the top. It is very spacious too! Only Red colour available.

MRP– Rs. 1300

Roochster’s Sale Price– Rs. 1040

Owls

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    • For any queries related to the product, artist or cost, please email me roochster.com@gmail.com
    • The sale prices are exclusively for Roochster.com
    • You can only buy what already exists on Roochster.com. No multiple copies/ colours/ sizes of any product are available.
    • If you are an artist and wish to sell your work on Roochster.com, please email me on roochster.com@gmail.com
    • Cash on Delivery for those residing in Mumbai . Extra charges for conveyance.
    • Courier charges extra for those outside Mumbai depending on weight of package and distance (according to courier company charges).
    • Once the payment is done, the product will reach you within 15 working days; earlier if possible.
    • Goods once sold will not be exchanged, replaced or taken back.
    • Trust that the product will be in the best possible condition when received.

     

 

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Jan 9 2014

Art on Sale: Bunny Doll

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Artist– Yenieta Bhansali

Product– Bob the Bunny

Description– Amigurumi (The word is derived from a combination of the Japanese words ami, meaning crocheted or knitted, and nuigurumi, meaning stuffed doll) Bunny collectible. A keepsake for all ages!

Colour of the cap and sweater can be made as per request.

MRP– Rs. 600

Roochster’s Sale Price– Rs. 400

Bunny doll

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1)      For any queries related to the product, artist or cost, please email me-

2)      The sale prices are exclusively for Roochster.com

3)      You can only buy what already exists on Roochster.com. No multiple copies/ colours/ sizes of any product are available unless on special request.

4)       If you are an artist and wish to sell your work on Roochster.com, please email me on

5)      Cash on Delivery for those residing in Mumbai. Extra charges for conveyance.

6)      Courier charges extra for those outside Mumbai depending on weight of package and distance (according to courier company charges).

7)      Once the payment is done, the product will reach you within 15 working days; earlier if possible.

8)      Goods once sold will not be exchanged, replaced or taken back.

9)      Trust that the product will be in the best possible condition when received.

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Sep 6 2013

Shuddh Desi Romance- Movie Review

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shuddh-desi-romance-2013-movie-posterSo, Shuddh Desi Romance probably wasn’t exactly ‘shuddh’. Now, was it worth it is the question. You’ll get your answer soon. Read on.

A shy young boy Raghuram (Sushant Singh Rajput) jumps into the decision of his life- marriage, only to be the ‘Runaway Bridegroom’. Reason? On his way to the wedding, he meets Gayatri (Parineeti Chopra) who’s got that something to make his heart beat faster. A couple of weeks later they meet again only to realise that they’re attracted to each other and there’s there’s an unsaid chemistry between them.  So on a drunken night they decide to marry. Now this time, Gayatri’s got the wedding butterflies and she runs away. A few days later Raghu meets the girl he was to marry first (Vaani Kapoor) and decides to give their incomplete story a second chance.

Here’s a story that talks about how scary a marriage can be. To be in the spotlight, be judged, greet and meet hundreds of people you’ve not met before, being with someone you barely know, the scary word ‘commitment’ are all reasons to make you run away. This feeling is so common with us today that the concept makes complete sense. Director Maneesh Sharma has beautifully told us the story that is not only fun to watch but also seems so real. In many ways it reminded me of Band Baaja Baaraat and yet this one is entirely different. The story by Jaideep Sahni is very well written, sometimes getting a little repetitive but still very enjoyable and different. I wish it was edited better in the second half though. There are some really simple and subtle moments even in the loudness that make the film so endearing.

Being a Yashraj film there are gorgeous colours captured very well with cinematographer Manu Anand’s lens and Rashmi Sethi’s skillful art direction. The costumes and sets are very today and suit the characters. The music by Sachin-Jigar is not bad at all. I love the songs ‘Tere mere beech mein’ and ‘Gulabi’. Great background score too.

I’d like to specifically mention the casting director for this film. Shanoo Sharma has perfectly cast all the characters. Parineeti Chopra is full of life and adds so much by just being there. She’s a natural and has no pretence or ‘typical heroine nakhras’. Co-actor Sushant Singh Rajput who reminds me of Ranveer Singh in this film is fantastic! I loved him in Kai Po Che and he’s too good in Shuddh Desi Romance too. There’s great chemistry between them. Newcomer Vaani Kapoor is unconventional in her own way and yet likable. In fact, all three characters have this effortless chemistry throughout the film. Rishi Kapoor is entertaining as usual and delivers a good performance.

Shuddh Desi Romance is a fresh film. It’s fun, different and crazy in its own way. Watch it for the quirky screenplay, natural and effortless performances and because it’s totally relatable with the youth of today.

Rating– 3.5/5

 

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Jul 29 2013

Roochster Recommends: Chef’s Basket- Creamy Tomato Penne Pasta

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Creamy tomato Penne PastaWhat? Creamy Tomato Penne Pasta. It’s got the right flavours to make yummy pasta like they make them at restaurants. With rich ingredients and quantity that’s perfect for 3 people, you’re set for a great lunch or dinner.  The pack contains everything you need. In a way its a ready to eat pack but you need to boil the pasta, add water, etc. The sauce, olives, sea salt olive oil and herbs are all there so you need not go hunting for ingredients unless you want to add more. I was lucky enough to try the Black Bean & Salsa Burritos too which were nice but not as good as the Penne pasta.

Other Chef’s Basket Packs- Black Bean & Salsa Burritos, Arrabbiata Penne Pasta. I hope to try the Arrabiatta pasta soon!

Where? You will find the Chef’s Basket packs at most supermarkets in Mumbai. You can also order from Localbanya.com

How much? The pack of Creamy tomato penne pasta costs Rs. 250 which is an introductory price. It’s totally worth it because of the quality of ingredients used and the quantity. The Burritos kit is for Rs. 350.

Roochster Recommends!

Pasta   Penne, Burritos

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